1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
March 13, 2007 00:00
On Monday, March 12, 2007, at 5:20 pm, Portland Police Officer Robert Wullbrandt, a four-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, was working patrol in Southeast Precinct, when he pulled over a black Buick Regal for a traffic violation (unsafe passing) at a grocery store parking lot at Southeast 39th Avenue and Southeast Long Street.
As Officer Wullbrandt was conducting the traffic stop, one of three people in the car, jumped out of the backseat and began to run out of the parking lot toward 39th Avenue. The officer began a foot pursuit and as the officer caught up to the subject, the man turned, aimed a gun and fired at the officer. The officer did not return fire, due to the amount of people in the area. The subject continued running toward Southeast Holgate firing at least one additional round before he ran around the corner and into a nearby apartment complex in the 4000 block of Southeast Holgate.
Due to the dangerous nature of the situation, the Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated and began to search the area. Several streets were closed and police evacuated nearby residents in concern for their safety. During continuing surveillance, SERT located the suspect inside an apartment, and at about 10:15 p.m., the Police Bureau’s Hostage Negotiation Team made contact with him on a cell phone. After persuading him to surrender, he exited the apartment and was taken into custody at approximately 10:40 p.m. The suspect, 24-year-old Nicholas Ramon Onuskanich, was wanted on a warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine. Onuskanich was charged with one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder and lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center. During a search of the apartment, officers located a stolen handgun they believe was used in the attempted assault.
The two other people who were in the vehicle were detained and cooperated with police. They were released with no charges. This investigation is continuing.
Sgt. Pete Simpson